Henry Van Dyke Quotes

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Henry Van Dyke was an American author, educator and clergyman. He was born in 1852. In 1873 he got his higher studies form Princeton University and in 1899-1923 he served as a profession of English Literature at the university. In 1908 he joined as an American lecturer at the University of Paris. He got many honors in his life including the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Henry Van Dyke Quotes, Sayings and Quotations

A friend is what the heart needs all the time.
– Henry Van Dyke

A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war.
– Henry Van Dyke

A tear that trembles for a little while upon the trembling eyelid, till the world wavers within its circle like a dream, holds more of meaning in its narrow orb than all the distant landscape that it blurs.
– Henry Van Dyke

As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.
– Henry Van Dyke

Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.
– Henry Van Dyke

Commemoration of Douglas Downes, Founder of the Society of Saint Francis, 1957 Who seeks for heaven alone to save his soul May keep the path, but will not reach the goal; While he who walks in love may wander far, Yet God will bring him where the blessed are.
– Henry Van Dyke

Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.
– Henry Van Dyke

Feast of Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary, 1179 Thou wayfaring Jesus — a pilgrim and stranger, Exiled from heaven by love at Thy birth: Exiled again from Thy rest in the manger, A fugitive child ‘mid the perils of earth — Cheer with Thy fellowship all who are weary, Wandering far from the land that they love: Guide every heart that is homeless and dreary, Safe to its home in Thy presence above.
– Henry Van Dyke

Genius is talent set on fire by courage.
– Henry Van Dyke

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
– Henry Van Dyke

Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.
– Henry Van Dyke

I thank God for the honesty and virility of Jesus religion which makes us face the facts and calls us to take a man’s part in the real battle of life.
– Henry Van Dyke

In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.
– Henry Van Dyke

It is with rivers as it is with people: the greatest are not always the most agreeable nor the best to live with.
– Henry Van Dyke

Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.
– Henry Van Dyke

Love is not getting, but giving, not a wild dream of pleasure, and madness of desire— … it is goodness, and honor, and peace and pure living.
– Henry Van Dyke

Many a treasure besides Ali Baba’s is unlocked with a verbal key.
– Henry Van Dyke

Peace without Justice is a low estate,a coward cringing to an iron Fate! But Peace through Justice is the great ideal, We’ll pay the price of war to make it real.
– Henry Van Dyke

So in the heart,When, fading slowly down the past, fond memories depart and each that leaves it seems the last; Long after all the rest are flown, returns a solitary tone, the after-echo of departed years and touches all the soul to tears.
– Henry Van Dyke

Some people are so afraid do die that they never begin to live.
– Henry Van Dyke

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.
– Henry Van Dyke

There are two good rules which ought to be written on every heart – never to believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively know it to be true; never to tell even that unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary, and that God is listening.
– Henry Van Dyke

There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.
– Henry Van Dyke

There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.
– Henry Van Dyke

There is only one way to get ready for immortality, and that is to love this life and live it as bravely and faithfully and cheerfully as we can.
– Henry Van Dyke

There is such a thing as taking ourselves and the world too seriously, or at any rate too anxiously. Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain idea that every man is bound to be a critic of life, and to let no day pass without finding some fault with the general order of things, or projecting some plan for its general improvement. And the other half comes from the greedy notion that a man’s life does consist, after all, in the abundance of things that he possesseth, and that it is, somehow or other, more respectable and pious to be always at work trying to make a larger living, than it is to lie on your back in the green pastures and beside the still waters, and thank God that you are alive.
– Henry Van Dyke

Time is too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love — time is eternity.
– Henry Van Dyke

To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind – this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.
– Henry Van Dyke

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
– Henry Van Dyke

What is Friendship? Something deep that the heart can spend and keep: Wealth that greatens while we give, praise that heartens us to live.
– Henry Van Dyke

What we do belongs to what we are; and what we are is what becomes of us.
– Henry Van Dyke

What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.
– Henry Van Dyke

Who seeks for heaven alone to save his soul, May keep the path, but will not reach the goal; While he who walks in love may wander far, But God will bring him where the Blessed are.
– Henry Van Dyke


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